KARACHI – Robbers looted Rs3.7 million from the branch of National Bank of Pakistan situated in Gulistan-e-Jauhar in Sharah-e-Faisal police precincts. Police officials said that five armed men arrived on a car at the said bank branch. The culprits snatched the weapons from the security guards and held them and the bank staff hostage at gunpoint.

Police said one of them stayed in a car, another stayed outside the bank and four of them entered in the bank, adding that they moved towards cash counter and looted about Rs3.7 million.

Upon reacting on information, police reached the site but the robbers managed to escape before the arrival of law enforcers. Police officials said that police suspected that one or more than one culprit was also accompanied the robbers as their backup support but it had yet to be cleared.

They said that the cash money placed on the strong room of the bank remained safe in the robbing bid. He said that the robbers wearing pent shirts and shalwar kameez were speaking different languages including Urdu, Sindhi, Pashtu and Punjabi. They also took the weapons away from the security guards while fleeing. There was no CCTV camera installed at the bank. No case has been registered till the filing of this report.

Meanwhile, two alleged bandits were killed and two cops were wounded in encounter between police and bandits at Muslimabad within the remits of Quaidabad police station.

Police officials said the encounter took place when a police conducted raid on a tip-off about presence of criminals in a house situated at the said area, adding that the culprits opened fire at the police on their arrival.

As a result, two cops including sub-inspector Ayub Dogar and constable Gul Nawaz sustained bullet injuries. While police also resorted to firing and killed two alleged bandits who have yet to be identified. Police claimed to have recovered one dozen cell phones, two TT pistols and other looted valuables stuffs worth million of rupees were also recovered from their possessions. Further investigation was underway.

 The bodies of the alleged bandits were taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for postmortem and later moved to morgue for identification.